Planning Technical Support Officer
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1595/32792
  • Published: Tue 16/05/2023, 12:03 PM
  • Closing on: Sat 03/06/2023, 12:03 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week full time
  • Salary: £26569 - £28617 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Woking and agile working

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Planning Technical Support Officer

The starting salary for this role is £26,569 per annum for working 36-hours per week.

Are you looking for an opportunity to build your planning career?

We are looking for a Planning Technical Support Officer within the Minerals and Waste Policy Team. Your office base will be Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking, GU22 7QQ. Whilst having this as an administrative base, the Planning Group have an agile workstyle, with an expectation that Officers will work out of different locations/venues, including home. Subject to operational requirements, staff are encouraged to choose the location where they think will be most productive and have access to technology to connect with team members.

About us

Surrey County Council is embarking on an exciting and transformative journey to become a leading-edge authority, putting Surrey's people and places at the heart of everything we do. By 2030 we want Surrey to be a uniquely special place where everyone has a great start to life, people live healthy and fulfilling lives, are enabled to achieve their full potential and contribute to their community, and no one is left behind.

Surrey is a diverse county with urban fringe in the north abutting Greater London and towns and villages to the south. It is situated between Heathrow and Gatwick airports and hosts highway networks and rail infrastructure which connect the county to London and the south coast. The county is recognised as a powerhouse of the British economy and provides the largest net contribution to the UK Government after London. It is also the most wooded county in England, some 25% of it is covered by the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and about 73% of it is designated Metropolitan Green Belt.

Consequently, Surrey faces huge challenges to accommodate housing and economic growth in a sustainable way in the context of a changing climate, biodiversity loss, a densely populated and valuable natural environment, sustainable waste management, maintaining the supply of and safeguarding a range of minerals, and identified deficits in supporting strategic and local infrastructure. In this regard the county council is a key infrastructure provider and has a statutory responsibility to engage with Surrey's districts and boroughs and surrounding planning authorities in plan making and provide for minerals and waste management development across the county.

About you

As a member of the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team, you will play an important role supporting the work of the team. This includes the preparation of the county's first joint minerals and waste local plan and related public consultation and engagement exercises, as well as monitoring the performance of the county's existing minerals and waste development framework.

We are looking for someone who has a keen interest in land-use planning matters, is self-motivated and highly organised, confident, and able to manage a varied workload effectively and independently. Working closely with professional planning officers, you will provide ICT support as required including web authoring, accessibility, and advice on the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other specialist computer systems and databases including GIS.

You should be self-confident and will value working as part of an experienced and supportive team. You should be able to work under pressure, to deadlines, communicate effectively, and demonstrate drive and commitment. We will support and develop you to help you reach your own ambitions.

To be considered for interview your CV (or application) and personal statement will clearly evidence:

  • A good general education and knowledge of land-use planning in England or related disciplines,
  • Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade C and above including English and Mathematics, or able to evidence to an equivalent level,
  • Good written and oral communication skills,
  • Good ICT skills including database management.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 02/06/2023.

A date for interviews is to be confirmed.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:

  • The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
  • The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form

Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

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